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Blogging From A To Z Challenge: One

Today’s Letter is O

Welcome to the A To Z Blogging Challenge for the month of April. I’ve not participated in anything like this before but thought it might be fun. I’ve decided to go with a “theme”. My theme is Japanese. I currently live in Japan and I thought it would be interesting to pick a word or place and ”teach” it to you in Japanese.

One In Japanese Is: ichi

Japanese Symbol For One: 一

Here when you go grocery shopping, let’s say at the Japanese store, Universe…you either take your own reusable green bags or you purchase a bag for a few Yen each. Half the time we go there it is on a whim, we’ve been out all day or just went out to dinner and want to pick up a Japanese snack or drink or cake.

We went one night and did not have a bag and at the time I did not realize they have a laminated card on the side of the register that you can put in your little basket, 1 card is a purchase of one bag. We needed a bag for our purchases and sometimes my brain gets jumbled as the Japanese speak fast and I feel like I have to answer fast. So I somehow knew the cashier asked me if I wanted a bag and thinking quickly I said one instead of ichi and seeing I was not understood I threw 1 finger up. Universal sign I guess because then they knew immediately I only wanted ichi bag.

Another word I don’t use to often is in fact simple enough to remember unless in my case then, you feel rushed. I have another “bag” story so I will just share. Another time we went and I still had noticed the bag card, we needed one yet again and I was getting ready to answer in Japanese and the cash register person spoke PERFECT English and asked me if I would like a bag! I was surprised as it was the one and since, only time I was asked a question in English by a Japanese person.

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6 Responses to Blogging From A To Z Challenge: One

  1. Nice, RoseAnn. I’m wondering if more and more Japanese are learning English, like the Chinese are attempting to.

  2. When all else fails, sign language seems to save the day! Good stories, RoseAnn. :)
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Home Is Where the Heart IsMy Profile

  3. i can count to ten and ask how much is it? ha ha ha

    smiles, bee
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  4. I have only been confronted with the spanish language, I always feel such an idiot when I cannot explain myself…great stories.
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  5. Haha! That was almost an epic fail for you huh? Thanks for the universal language and you made it through that conversation. Well, don’t be surprised if the Japanese spoke English. After all its the universal language^^
    Patrick Mizell recently posted..EcoTools & Earth Month – The Living Beautifully CommunityMy Profile

  6. i love your theme! I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese and actually know a few words already:)
    Nutschell
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    Happy A-Zing!

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